Look at this commuter bike
I can't believe things are getting this electronic.
1. "But you haven't moved a derailleur lever, pushed a shift button or even thought about shifting gears."
I don't know but this bike reminds me of "AutoBike". You remember that infomercial about a bike that shifted by itself. Only people found out that it was a cheaply made bike from China and a maintenance disaster.
2. "The cog change is totally automatic, controlled by a computer. Bikes with brains could well be the future of cycling, with an on-board computer controlling front and rear derailleur shifting and also suspension firmness."
It sounds like the son of autobike. Still. I like the concept but unless you park it inside, there is no way you can leave this bike outside.
3. The components are made by Shimano, one of the biggest names in the cycling business."
Just because Shimano makes the components means nothing.
4. "The brain of the Di2 system is a computer that's buried in the bowels of Shimano's Flight Deck. The Flight Deck is a nifty handlebar-mounted unit"
Sounds like a cycle computer to me.
5. "A Suspension Mode Selector switch lets you choose an automatic suspension control or you can manually set hard or soft damping for both front and rear. Lastly, a Shift Mode Selector switch gives you the option of a manual shifting mode via handlebar-mounted shift buttons that activate the electronically controlled derailleurs, or three automatic shift modes for slow, normal and fast riding."
Now what happens if your "compter" runs out of battery power and your stuck in high gear? Walk to the closest A&P?